When it first emerged that General Motors knowingly installed a faulty ignition switch in millions of small cars, the automaker relived several employees in different pillars of the company of their duties. The same will likely happen at Volkswagen following its now widely publicized diesel emissions scandal, and a Reuters reports indicate the firings are starting at the top.
Volkswagen will dismiss the head of its U.S. operations, Michael Horn, along with head of Audi and Porsche research and development Ulrich Hackenberg and Wolfgang Hatz. At the same time, Matthias Mueller, current head of Porsche, will be move into former CEO Martin Winterkorn’s position.
While the dismissal of Hackenberg, Hatz and Horn is yet to be confirmed, Volkswagen board member Olaf Lies told German media there will be further changes in employment as its internal investigation into the diesel scandal continues.
“There will be further personnel consequences in the next days and we are calling for those consequences,” Lies said.